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a pre-tax profit margin of 17. %, she said she would revisit those goals for the pretax profit margins for that unit in mid year once, again, the final acquisition or the last leg of that brokerage unit has been completed. the year over year decline in fixed income commodities and currency trading was down 42%. she said it was due to the very strong first quarter of 2012. that was due to some hejs that had helped put on for its clients. however, she did note on a quarter over quarter basis trading was up. retail activity among the brokerage clients was strong in january and february. it did taper off a little bit in march on concerns about some of the issues we saw. cyprus the big run-up in the market, et cetera. april got off to a slightly stronger start as well. she said ceo confidence when it comes to m and a, she said right now ceos are looking out to the second half of the year. there is concerns about the profit outlook there and that's holding them back a little bit. debt and equity underwriting remain strong. >> thank you, mary. a lot of information you had from that conversati
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at $400 a share. it's got more than $100 net cash even after paying taxes, so you're paying $3,000, any earnings down 25% from what's expected. he put a ten p-e on that and this is a very cheap stock unless you believe that earnings will decline every year from here on out. that's ahead of the case and we're not buying ahead of it because we like the position that we have, you know, but we think it's an exceptionally cheap stock at this level. >> it will be one of the most-watched numbers of the quarter. thanks so much. >> thank you. >> switching gears, they were grossly negligent in the lead up to the brokerage firm's collapse. kayla tausche has more on this story which she's been following from its earlier days. >> it seems like it's been forever, david. we're getting a 61-page lawsuit from the bankruptcy court in manhattan. it takes aim at john corzine and the coo and cfo breaching fiduciary duty as it entered a downward spiral in 2011. it seeks an unspecified amount in damages. trustees won approval for a liquidation plan. in a statement, trustee louis freeh says attempts at med med
have a worry about the consumer and tax refunds will start coming now. credit conditions support employment and certainly consumer staples look very expensive. >> what about utilities up 19% so far this year? utilities are up 16% and health care up 19%. is your money safe in there? will they continue to hold up? >> we've been overweight utilities so i'm not going to be too uncomfortable with that and that's improvement with natural gas prices and in health care it's been very much about dividends and that we saw reimbursement rates that were supposed to be cut recallier this year, and i think it's too late to be on the healthcare bandwagon. >> sectors like materials which have not been with the rally and do you think some of the underperforming sectors will catch up? >> we are worried about materials still and we have to be careful in the u.s., chemicals are 20% metals and mining and look at the s&p 500 materials sector. europe is a big problem for chemical companies and even though they have shale gas as a feed stock, the problem is 20%, 25% of their business is probably going t
. >> yeah, it has, which is good because that may counteract the effects of the payroll tax high. what about gold? let's check the commodities like gold, the ten-year. down about 7%. 7 bucks to $1414. there's been a bit of a move in sort of the euro. we want to keep an eye on that. there's your currency chart here in the ten-year treasury note. we talk about home sales. you always want to watch the ten-year treasury note. the yield right now is at 1 o.66. in corporate news this morning, japan says final permission to resume flights on boeing's dreamliner, it may come as early as thursday. that's earlier than expected. yesterday, boeing's engineers began install b reinforced lithium ion batteries on all nippon airways jets. some investment banks that have been looking to sell businesses with liquid assets in order to appease regulators and bolster balance sheets. credit suisse cited the rule last summer as a reason for exploring that sale. also, a u.s. trade panel has ruled apple didn't violate a google patent to make the iphone. if it had been found guilty, the tech giant's popular devices c
. you've heard that the first quarter was tough. probably payroll tax impacted more than anything else. and small business is -- and big business for that matter is totally the flux with the obama care act and what it all means. and business is looking at part-time, that you've got to keep people under 30 hours. they don't want to employ more than 50 people. and nobody really knows how this thing is going to work. now, as far as the japanese yen, every major manufacturer in the world has made a strategic decision to produce where they sell. no manufacturer can deal with the volatility in exchange rates. and if you look at where the japanese are today compared to 10, 20 years ago, there is no comparison with let's say 80% produced in north america. so the exchange rate has been dramatically reduced as a factor in our business. and at the moment, i don't see any impact. >> okay, mike, $42. we've been friends a long time. you couldn't tell me at four bucks that that was something i should -- actually, we're not allowed to do it, anyway, but you couldn't have mentioned that back in 2008 or
up to $300,000 in annual tax revenue. neighbors in the area expressed concern about how more air traffic and noise levels would harm them but the mayor insisted that signature and the other jet companies will adhere to the curfew in place from 11:30 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. we talked to an airport official about the howl and how they will -- how they will benefit and how the airport needs the money. we'll bring that to you coming up in the next hour of "mornings on 2." janine de la vega, ktvu channel 2 news. >>> coming up next -- the senate prepares to take action on the issue over gun control. how the votes are stacking up for extended background checks. and what california dianne feinstein said on the senate floor years ago. >>> this year's host of the oscars. he's now at the center of a controversy tied to the boston marathon bombings. >>> 30s, 40s and 50s on the low. it's clear for everybody. windy for some. highs today warming up. a lot of 70s, low to mid. temperatures will continue to warm up. >>> we're getting word of delays at sfo. the airport says flights to and from o'hare int
be another one of those. but you have had the payroll tax increase go into effect. you've had sequestration go into effect. you have no growth in people's incomes. that was the more disappointing numbers out of the last unemployment insurance report. and if people don't have money, they can't spend money. and finally, we're being affected in the slowdown in europe in particular and the slowdown in the emerging markets. our export growth has fallen to about zero at the moment because there isn't demand overseas for our products. so it feels like a little bit of a soft spot, but we'll see. >> how much of this is consumer confidence, do you think? >> consumer confidence definitely plays a role. but consumers right now don't have the money to spend. and if they went out and spent, they'd be borrowing money. i don't think -- i think it's a more fundamental problem in a way than consumer confidence. >> steve, my long wait yesterday trying to get up to new york, in the lounge was tim geithner waiting for the flight, as well. i asked him, we're seeing these good signs in the economy, how much of it
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